Anatomy Articles - 16 Pack Bundle (Science Literacy Sub Plans or Activities)

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Newly Bundled: These SIXTEEN ANATOMY articles with questions (and one bonus article) provides a really great way for the busy teacher to add interest and enrichment to their anatomy curriculum. This bundle will provide you with a good selection of interesting and relevant articles that will have your students thinking beyond the textbook. Each article is 1 and 1/3rd pages of reading text with 2/3rd pages of questions. In total, only two pages to print (one page double-sided) for each student. This bundle saves you 25% OFF of the individual articles. So instead of paying $2.99 per article, you only pay $2.24 per article.



♥ "My students are fascinated by the article and studying the brain! This was an excellent addition to our unit. Thank you!" (Thanks Karen B. Re: Article #27 on Lobotomies)
♥ "Excellent resource. Students really enjoyed it." (Thanks Kirksa Re: Article #17 on Breathing and Peeing in Space)
♥ "Top notch as usual! Great supplemental activity for Anatomy and Phys! Thank You!" (Thanks Victoria B. Re: Article #26 on Tanning and Skin Cancer)
♥ "My students are morbidly obsessed with this topic, so I'm happy to find a well-done article on it!" (Thanks Anonymous Buyer. Re: Article #6 on Water Intoxication)
♥ "My kids loved this article! " (Thanks Nicole D. Re: Article #48 on the Science of Tattoos)
♥ "I used this with my honors biology when we were talking about how chemical signals could affect specialized cells. This is also a topic students love talking about!" (Thanks Celynd M. Re: Article #14 on Anabolic Steroids)


This resource also helps promote science literacy which is emphasized in many curricula including NGSS and TEKS standards.

I have made professionally written (I write them myself) and researched articles which are attractively designed to grab your students' attention. These articles with questions give you no-prep, ready to go printables right at your fingertips. Answer keys are provided for all the questions.

Please click on the PREVIEW and then zoom in to read excerpts of each article to see if they are appropriate for your classes.


These articles can also be found in a larger bundle of 35 Biology Articles for 30% OFF, and in an even larger bundle of 50 Science Articles for 35% OFF.



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The great thing about these articles is that they can be used for a variety of assignments if not used for sub plans. There is a call for increased science literacy in classes, and a push to make science relevant to students. Engaging science articles are a good way to meet these needs.

(1) No prep sub plans that are easy to hand out and collect.
(2) In school suspension plans that are handy for those unexpected times.
(3) Independent work for early finishers.
(4) No prep extra credit assignment.
(5) Homework assignment.
(6) Warm up work for the beginning of class.
(7) Assign at the beginning of the week and take up at the end.



Article #1 – Why We Love and Hate Spicy Foods
Students will learn about the science behind the feeling of spiciness, what chemical compound creates this sensation, the way spiciness is measured, why the desire to eat spicy foods evolved and how to cure the pain of overly spicy food.

Article #2 – Tears Tears Everywhere
Students will learn about the differences in the three types of tears humans produce, the composition of these tears and their different purposes.

Article #3 – Beyond the Appendix: Vestigial Structures
Students will learn about vestigial structures and about several different examples of human vestigial structures.

Article #6 – Hyponatremia: Death by Water Intoxication
Students will learn how water intoxication occurs as well as the symptoms of hyponatremia. They will also learn about who is most at risk for this condition and they will be given examples of people who have suffered from hyponatremia.

Article #7 – Body Fat: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Truth
Students will learn about the different types of fat in the body, their functions and the issues that can arise when fat content in the body becomes imbalanced.

Article #14 – How Anabolic Steroids Work
Students will learn about how steroids build muscle by building proteins, preventing the breakdown of proteins and by activating satellite cells that help produce more and bigger muscle cells. Side effects of anabolic steroid use is also discussed.

Article #17 – Breathing and Peeing in Space
Students will learn about the challenges of supporting human life in a space craft. The focus will be on the technologies that are used to constantly supply the crew with oxygen and that help get rid of liquid and solid waste in a microgravity environment.

Article #25 – The Science and Evolution of Human Skin Color
Students will learn about the pigment melanin, its function and how the skin produces and distributes this substance to produce different levels of skin pigmentation. They will also learn about albinism and about how changing environmental conditions and determine the level of skin pigmentation in evolving populations. Also discussed is the reason why women, in general, are less pigmented then men.

Article #26 – Tanning, UV Radiation and Skin Cancer
Students will learn about why tanning has become popular, the differences between UVA and UVB and how both cause a different type of tanning response in the skin and health consequences of each, and finally, students will learn about skin cancer with a focus on melanoma and risk factors for developing skin cancer.

Article #27 – Lobotomies: Who Needs All that Brain?
Students will learn about lobotomies, why they were used, how they were performed, the people who helped develop the procedure (António Egas Moniz, and Walter Freeman), the effect lobotomies had on patients and why the technique is no longer widely used to treat mental illnesses.

Article #32 – Is Life Better Without Pain?
Students will learn about the usefulness of pain to survival and about CIPA (congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis). They will learn about the difficulties people with CIPA face because they cannot feel pain, the different types of nociceptors (pain neurons) that exist in humans, how mutations in a gene destroys nociceptors in people with CIPA, the concerns parents need to have if their child has CIPA and how CIPA is genetically inherited.

Article #33 – Blood Doping: More Blood, More Medals
Students will learn about why athletes blood dope, the performance enhancement effects of blood doping, blood doping techniques like drugs that stimulate red blood cell production and blood transfusions that increase red blood cell counts immediately. As well they will learn about the effects of high altitude training on red blood cell production (which is a legal method of increasing red blood cell count) and about the World Anti-Drug Doping Agency's use of athlete biological passports to detect cheating.

Article #34 – Hello Gastric Bypass, Goodbye Stomach Students will learn about morbid obesity and the two main types of bariatric procedures (restrictive methods and malabsorptive methods) that are used to treat this condition. Gastric banding and gastric bypass are specifically examined. This is a great extension activity for classes studying the digestive system or nutrition.

Article #35 – An Athlete's Perfect Twitch Students will learn about slow twitch and fast twitch muscle fibers, how they create and use energy differently, how they respond to training and which types of sport each muscle fiber is best suited to helping an athlete excel at. For example, a greater ratio of slow twitch to fast twitch muscles fibers will help an athlete excel at endurance sports like marathons and long distance cycling.

Article #43 – Living in Space Harms Your Body
Students will learn about the downsides of living in space. Time spent in weightless conditions lead to serious bone loss and almost immediate and severe muscle atrophy. It also leads to cardiac muscle weakening as well as damages the optic nerves. These and the other fascinating negative effects of space living are discussed.

Article #48 – The Science of Tattoos
Students will learn about the science of tattoos. They will learn how tattoos are applied, what makes them permanent, and how the immune system causes tattoos to fade. They will also read about how the immune system aids the laser tattoo removal procedure to help get rid of tattoo ink. The safety of tattoo inks is also discussed along with how they can be affected by MRIs.

BONUS: Article #52 – Concussions in Sports
Students will learn how sports plays a role in concussions, the short-term and long-term symptoms of concussions, the difference between coup and contrecoup injuries in concussions and how repeated concussions can lead to various more serious disorders like CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) as has been experienced by many professional football players and boxers.


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Anatomy Articles - 16 Pack Bundle (Science Literacy Sub Pl
Anatomy Articles - 16 Pack Bundle (Science Literacy Sub Pl
Anatomy Articles - 16 Pack Bundle (Science Literacy Sub Pl
Anatomy Articles - 16 Pack Bundle (Science Literacy Sub Pl